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Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni

Highest Rated: 90% Caterina in the Big City (2003)

Lowest Rated: 0% Pinocchio (2002)

Birthday: Oct 27, 1952

Birthplace: Manciano La Misericordia, Italy

Boasting a genuine gift for physical comedy, the exuberant Roberto Benigni started his career in underground theater and later attained great popularity in Italian films and television. Discovered while performing comic monologues in Rome, Benigni began to write and act in various Italian productions, earning significant local fame. Thanks to the imaginative casting of director Jim Jarmusch, he had his international breakout role in the laidback farce "Down by Law" (1986), despite speaking no English at the time. He was also determined to push boundaries in cinema, choosing risky subject matter rarely utilized in comedy. An attempt to present him to mainstream American audiences as a successor to Peter Sellers in "Son of the Pink Panther" (1993) did not fly, but Benigni's earnest comedy-drama about the Holocaust, "Life is Beautiful" (1997), became a groundbreaking global success and the highest grossing foreign language film in America. Benigni's obvious comedic abilities and artistic daring marked him as one of the most important comedians of his generation.

Highest rated movies

88% Down by Law
84% Pinocchio
81% Life Is Beautiful
76% Night on Earth
64% Coffee and Cigarettes
47% To Rome With Love
46% Johnny Stecchino
46% Luna

Photos

PINOCCHIO, Roberto Benigni, 2002, (c) Miramax ASTERIX ET OBELIX CONTRE CESAR, (aka ASTERIX AND OBELIX TAKE ON CAESAR), Roberto Benigni, 1999, (c) AMLF DOWN BY LAW, Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, 1986, sitting in prison cell THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, 2005, (c) Focus Features THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni, Jean Reno, 2005, (c) Focus Features LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni, 1998 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantarini, 1998 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, (aka LA VITA E BELLA), Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni, 1997, (c) Miramax LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, Roberto Benigni, 1998, Nazi salute in parade LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantarini, 1998, conversation in concentration camp barracks THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni, 2005, (c) Focus Features THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, 2005, (c) Focus Features THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni (left), 2005, (c) Focus Features THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigini, 2005, (c) Focus Features THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni, Jean Reno, 2005, (c) Focus Features THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni, 2005, (c) Focus Features THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, 2005, (c) Focus Features THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, 2005, (c) Focus Features LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, Giorgio Cantarini, Roberto Benigni, 1998 THE TIGER AND THE SNOW, (aka LA TIGRE E LA NEVE), Roberto Benigni, 2005, (c) Focus Features

Filmography

Movies

Credit
84% 40% Pinocchio Geppetto (Character) $1.8M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paolo Conte: It's Wonderful Self - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cecchi Gori: Una famiglia italiana Self - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marco Ferreri: Dangerous But Necessary Self - 2017
47% 40% To Rome With Love Leopoldo (Character) $16.7M 2012
No Score Yet 25% Silvio Forever Himself (archive footage) (Character) - 2011
20% 84% The Tiger and the Snow Attilio de Giovanni (Character),
Director,
Writer
$9.0K 2005
64% 75% Coffee and Cigarettes Roberto (Character) $2.0M 2003
90% 77% Caterina in the Big City Self $293.3K 2003
0% 33% Pinocchio Pinocchio (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$3.7M 2002
No Score Yet 42% Asterix & Obelix vs. Caesar Lucius Detritus (Tullius Destructivus / Catastrofus) (Character) $2.1M 1999
81% 96% Life Is Beautiful Guido Orefice (Character),
Director,
Writer
$57.6M 1997
40% 83% The Monster Loris (Character),
Director,
Producer
$635.6K 1994
6% 18% Son of the Pink Panther Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau Jr (Character) $2.4M 1993
76% 91% Night on Earth Driver (Character) $2.0M 1992
46% 85% Johnny Stecchino Dante/Johnny Stecchino (Character),
Director,
Writer
$623.5K 1991
No Score Yet 61% The Voice of the Moon Ivo Salvini (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 82% The Little Devil Giuditta (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1988
88% 93% Down by Law Roberto (Character) $106.5K 1986
No Score Yet 82% Nothing Left to Do but Cry Saverio (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1984
46% 69% Luna Upholsterer (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 63% Seeking Asylum Roberto (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1979
No Score Yet 67% Clair de Femme Le barman du Clapsy's (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tigers in Lipstick The principal (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Berlinguer, I love you Unknown (Character),
Writer
- 1977